It is not uncommon for people to spend their whole life waiting to start living.– Eckhart Tolle
you-thestar asked: Are you a vegetarian or vegan? I have thought about not eating meat but I just really like food... I guess I just wanted to know what your stance on eating meat was. A different understanding to a common problem.
snakehair asked: Here's a question i've been pondering... what do you think about death? not about what happens after you die, but just death in itself. is there a such thing as an "innocent person" or is it all one in the same no matter what method, age or reason?
yukey asked: Hello :) I find your responses and posts very comforting and useful, so thank you very much. I currently find myself in a situation where I have the choice to involve myself in a certain experience which I would need to keep a secret from most people in my life. Even though I feel that there is nothing wrong about it and would like to choose yes, I often feel unnecessary guilt and worry thinking...
Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world...– Thich Nhat Hanh
Another Morning, Another Day
Hello challengers! I hope you’re mindful for your day today. Slowwww dowwwwwn. Namaste :) *EDIT: For some extra credit, write about a moment or two that you have slowed down today. And tag it lazyyogispiritualchallenge :)
Never follow anybody else’s idea — that is very dangerous because...– Osho
intergalacticju asked: I have this problem where whenever I try to relax, I start to freak out as if I'm not supposed to relax, but always be on edge for something to happen. This makes meditation difficult at times, as while on good days I can meditate for up to 30 minutes, on bad days I can barely get 5 minutes in before my mind won't shut up and I start panicking. I'd like to be able to find peace...
just had one of those moments when you’re bored and then you remember music exists
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Spirituality Challenge: Tuesday 7/31
This moment is more than a means to the next. In this moment is contained both the journey and the destination. When we rush this moment in order to get to the next, we are avoiding the present. To work with an eye on results is to live in a mental projection of time rather than the indefinable Now. Moving fast during an emergency is not the same thing as rushing. Rushing is an unconscious...
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cosmicbelt asked: i want to get in touch with my higher self. where do i begin? i find no results with meditation, extensive studying astrology/spirituality in every subject, and other forms, i feel like i don't have the potential no matter how hard i try to connect. any advice? namaste. :) <3
To discover your real questions, simply take a time-out. Stop looking ahead of...– Ponlop Rinpoche, Rebel Buddha
kniferisatitagain asked: I was wondering if you could give me some advice. I am not religious or spiritual at all but reading your responses to questions gives me a lot to think about. I suffer from anxiety and I am extremely afraid of the future and people. I don't have a job and I dropped out of college because I had a mental breakdown. I want to live my life again but I'm afraid and anxious. How do i get over...
Every breath you waste on hate and ignorance is a...
Zen does not confuse spirituality with thinking about God while one is peeling...– Alan Watts
To those that are participating in the Spirituality Challenge, I hope you awakened with a ho ho hearty laugh this morning (even if it was forced)! Remember to take pauses throughout the day to asses your moment-to-moment experience of the moment. Remember to use moments of otherwise mindless activity (driving, walking, showering) to follow your breath and fully inhabit your body. Remember to...
The lazy yogi Spirituality Challenge →
The lazy yogi Spirituality Challenge starts tomorrow, Monday 7/30. It will continue for three weeks. Each week has a theme and each day has a focus. To follow along with the curriculum, see the link above. The Spirituality Challenge page on my blog will be updated daily as new bits are added. As always if you wish to share your participation with the rest of the sangha and myself, tag your...
Spirituality Challenge: Monday 7/30
Today is a day to take your baseline. Every journey begins at the beginning. Make sure to do the three daily practices assigned for this week. It is not just the practices themselves that are helpful but also the continuity that they create. As you go about your day, be mindful of yourself. Pay attention to where you feel emotions coming from and their bodily sensation. Check in with your...
Spirituality Challenge: Week 1
Mindfulness and Zen For the first week of the lazy yogi spirituality challenge we will focus on practice. Part of the beauty of the zen school was that it emphasized directness over philosophy. The following are three practical techniques that should be done daily this week. 1) When you first wake in the morning, belt out a hearty laugh. Even if you aren’t feeling so good, laugh anyway....
Defining yourself through thought is limiting yourself.– Eckhart Tolle
Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.– The Dalai Lama
atemporal-emptiness asked: Can you talk a bit about resistance of the Now? I've been having trouble surrendering to the present moment and I constantly try to change things.
You don’t want money, you want the security that you think it provides. You don’t want fame, you want the freedom to be yourself that you think it gives you. You don’t want power, you want the illusion of control. After examining the things you think you want you may discover they aren’t them at all.
Reblog if all you want is peace, freedom, and...
For yourself and all of creation.
moonphishh asked: So what happens when you've been meditating, reading lots of spiritual books, and know the truth but suddenly depression hits again? Before I began this spiritual journey, I had just ended a long-term relationship. Losing my boyfriend was extremely hard because I tend to get very close with few people. I went into depression and no longer wanted to do anything. This feeling has come back...
dioptaze asked: i'd like you to elaborate more on "illusion". research shows that depressed people have fewer positive illusions & are more in touch with "reality" ; people who have positive illusions (unrealistic optimism, exaggerated perceptions of control, unrealistically positive self evaluations) are happy & usually mentally healthy. what are your thoughts? p.s. it's...
Pilgrimage to the place of the wise is to find escape from the flame of...– Rumi
igotshine asked: Hello:) this might sound dumb but regarding what you said the past few days about body image and not identifying with it, then what is the importance of keeping it healthy/exercising, since we are not the body?
Being spiritual has nothing to do with what you believe and everything to do...– Eckhart Tolle
what-is-me asked: What is your religion? Because everything you say, are things that I've always thought but never could truly put together? Like I'm agnostic, I always say go with the flow. Everything is already planned out but nothing is too. There's no wrong path or right path, your on your path. I read a lot of your quotes and ask and I just feel content. So whats your religion? Cause I think I...
amandarosemusings asked: Would you say that there are different levels of enlightenment and that it is possible to start with a flicker of sorts and then continue to expand as practice continues? I have had many times recently where I have automatically let go of things that I've attached to, but then other times I slip back into ego centered speech and actions and have to remind completely stop and sort of manually...
bobbyverse asked: I've loved and taken away quite a bit from your book recommendations 'The Power of Now' and 'Rebel Buddha.' I noticed a lot of Osho quotes recently, and found he has a ton of books on Amazon. Not sure where to begin. What's next on your suggested reading list? :) Thanks!
It is not a question of being attached to the present moment. You ARE the...– lazyyogi (via airyearthgirl)
highwaytoradiotherapy asked: Part 1- I'm a Radiation Therapy student. Radiation treats benign and malignant cancer tumours amongst other things. My question is this: What would you say to a cancer patient who turns to you and asks, what's the point? Why should have I have this treatment and why should I keep on fighting? I ask this because it gets a bit blurry in this area in regards to the physical body etc. ...
I want to sing like the birds sing, not worrying about who hears or what they...– Rumi
Desire takes you on long journeys in time and space—and desire never...– Osho
We will be having another synchronized group meditation session this sunday at 8PM, eastern standard time. Also after the meditation I will put up the first week for the three week lazy yogi spirituality challenge. I hope you can join us! Namaste, sangha :)